Council proposes £5 council tax increase

Last Updated:

Last Updated: 05 Feb 2020 12:55pm

Tonbridge and Malling councillors will meet next Thursday (13 Feb) to review the borough’s proposed budget and council tax level for the coming year.

Cabinet members will consider plans to increase Tonbridge and Malling’s share of council tax bills by £5 a year, equating to less than 10p a week, for a typical band D home. The 2.4% rise will see the average bill for local services, such as waste collection, parks, environmental health and planning, increase from £209.50 a year to £214.50 from April 2020.

The council tax levels for other public bodies in Kent are set independently of the borough council. The precepts for Kent County Council, Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue and parish councils, which together account for nearly 90% of money raised through council tax, are due to be presented to a full council meeting on 18 February when final rates will be set.

Tonbridge and Malling’s income from council tax for the year from April 2020 is forecast to be £11 million. In addition, it is due to receive government core funding and a grant to support housing growth totalling £5.7 million. The council’s core funding has decreased by around 65% since 2011 and is lower than all other borough councils in Kent.

Cllr Martin Coffin, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council cabinet member responsible for finance and innovation, said: “This budget will ensure we can continue to invest in essential services for residents and businesses across our borough. At the same time we are continuing to drive down costs and introduce smarter working to deliver the best possible value to council tax payers.”